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SHIRE Environment Grant 2021 / 22

Leicestershire County Council is committed to improving the local environment through waste prevention and reuse to minimise the amount of thrown away, reducing carbon and improving biodiversity. In order to help eligible community based organisations achieve this, the Council is offering up to £3,000 in the form of SHIRE Environment Grants.

We are particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will meet one or more of the grant scheme outcomes:

  • To reduce the amount of household waste produced in Leicestershire
  • To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within communities
  • To improve biodiversity and support the creation, protection, enhancement and management of sustainable green spaces
  • To raise awareness and understanding on the above outcomes as well as providing necessary training and skills to manage and support projects.

We are keen to support projects that can maintain or build on some of the positive environmental benefits that have arisen from the current Covid 19 situation, such as; reduced carbon emissions, increased biodiversity, improved air quality, greater appreciation of nature and green spaces etc.

Such projects could help support the Council in providing a 'green recovery' from Covid 19.

Application Process & Guidance Notes

Before completing the application form, please read the guidance notes below carefully. The guidance notes contain important details about the criteria for funding, along with the Council's process for awarding funds.

If you have any queries about the grant fund criteria or process, or if you would like to request a copy of the guidance notes or application form, please contact the SHIRE Environment Grants Team using the following email: environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 7005.

Apply for a SHIRE Environment Grant

The application for the SHIRE Environment Grant needs to be completed using one of the application forms below. A simplified application process is available for small grants up to £300.

We will send you receipt of application once it has been received. Please let us know if you don't hear from us within 5 working days by emailing environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or calling 0116 305 7005.

Application Deadlines

Although applications can be received at any time, the SHIRE Environment Grants scheme will operate a series of deadlines and decision meetings. The deadlines for 2021 / 22 are outlined below:

Deadlines for applications

Decisions to be communicated to applicants by:

Friday 25th June 2021

Friday 30th July 2021

Friday 29th October 2021

Friday 26th November 2021

Friday 25th February 2022

Friday 25th March 2022

Workshops

The SHIRE Environment Grant's Team will be hosting a number of workshops run virtually through Microsoft Teams. Details of upcoming workshops can be found below.

Please note that you do not need Microsoft Teams software to access the workshops as they can take place through your internet browser.

Waste workshops

The aim of this virtual workshop is to encourage groups and organisations to put forward applications to reduce household waste in Leicestershire. The workshop will give:

  • An overview of waste in Leicestershire.
  • Ideas on how potential projects could contribute to campaigns we support.
  • Examples of previous projects supported.
  • Examples of projects we would support and not support.
  • Guidance on areas often missed when completing applications.
  • An insight into the application process.
  • A chance to ask any questions.

The workshops will take place on the following dates: Tuesday 3rd August 2021 10am - 11am and Tuesday 23rd November 2021 10am - 11am.

Please use the following link to book a place https://surveys.leics.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=160743887310 .

Any questions about the workshop can be emailed to environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or you can call 0116 305 7005

Drop in sessions – completing the application form

This is a virtual group drop in session designed to answer any queries on completing the application form. Each attendee will be allocated a timeslot to ask their questions to the team.

The sessions will take place on the following dates: Tuesday 7th September 2021 10am – 11:30am and Wednesday 12th January 2022 10am – 11:30am.

Please use the following link to book a place https://surveys.leics.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=160743887310 .

Any questions about the workshop can be emailed to environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or you can call 0116 305 7005

Case Studies

You can view various case studies from past projects by clicking on the documents below.